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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Episode 7

Our couple’s rollercoaster of a relationship keeps progressing, with the ups starting to outnumber the downs. It’s the last thing our stubborn hero wanted, but at this point, he may not even know what he wants. For now, he’s just trusting his heart, no matter where that might lead.

 
EPISODE 7: “The cheerful dog”

After Kang-tae comforts Moon-young from her nightmare, Moon-young falls back asleep. He stays with her that night, and while dabbing her forehead with a towel, his fingers linger there, as if wanting to caress her face.

By morning, Kang-tae wakes up by Moon-young’s bedside to see that she’s watching him. He gets up to leave, saying he’ll be back with medicine, but she stops him. She states that she did nothing wrong yesterday — the patient Eun-ja kept insisting she was her mom, and all Moon-young did was correct her.

Kang-tae simply says, “Okay, I got it,” and heads back to his and Sang-tae’s room. Sang-tae is getting ready to leave for Jae-soo’s pizza place, which is perfect since Kang-tae needs to go downtown too. To Sang-tae’s confusion, Kang-tae smiles and says that he’s skipping work today.

At OK Hospital, the staff crowds around the computer, watching CCTV footage of Eun-ja fainting in front of Moon-young. The staff agrees that they should let Moon-young go, that she’s been nothing but trouble for them, but Director Oh wants to hear her out first. For now, he does think it’s best to put a pause on the literature classes.

On the bus downtown, Kang-tae tells Sang-tae that he should quit the pizza place, worried he might fall ill from being overworked. But Sang-tae says that Kang-tae is the one who’s overworked — he even whimpers in his sleep like a dog. Taken aback, Kang-tae says he feels fine.

“It’s because your heart is aching,” Sang-tae tells him. He quotes the book he’s reading (The Cheerful Dog by Moon-young): “‘Your body is honest. When you’re in physical pain, you cry. But the heart is a liar. It stays quiet even when it’s hurting. Then, when you’re asleep, you finally weep and whimper like a dog.’”

Kang-tae drops Sang-tae off at the pizza place, and Jae-soo nearlys attacks Kang-tae like a wife who’s been worried sick, haha. Their conversation is cut short, however, when Kang-tae gets a call from Sang-in.

Kang-tae relays what happened to Moon-young, making Sang-in start firing off questions. Rather than answer, Kang-tae tells him to call her and then hangs up so he can run into the pharmacy.

Back at the mansion, Moon-young is still lying in bed, thinking about when her mother would brush her hair. One time, Mom told Moon-young to never cut her long hair, as it resembled hers. And to Moon-young’s silence, Mom threw the brush and screamed for her to answer. Jeez.

Moon-young grabs a pair of scissors and positions them over her hair, but Mom’s voice, crying “Save me,” makes her hesitate. Sang-in arrives at the mansion, wanting to check on her, and he rushes up the stairs when he hears something break. He reaches the bedroom and sees that she’s broken her mirror.

“I want to cut it, but I can’t,” Moon-young says, her eyes stony. Sang-in gently asks what she’s talking about, and she replies, “My mom.” He suspects that being home has triggered her nightmares again and orders her to return to Seoul with him.

As he’s going through the room packing her stuff, she grabs a lamp and moves to hit him with it. But he easily stops it and reminds her that he knows her too well. He then drags her toward the stairs, and she holds onto the banister refusing to go. In the middle of their struggle, someone shouts, “What are you doing?”

Sang-in turns to see Kang-tae, giving Moon-young the opportunity to push Sang-in off balance. This leads us to an epic slo-mo of Sang-in falling and Kang-tae catching him, much like the first time they met. Sang-in is so flustered (LOL) that he can barely fight back as Kang-tae kicks him out.

Kang-tae hands Moon-young the fever reducer he bought her, but she just tosses it away and says that that kind of stuff doesn’t cool her down. With that, he offers to take her out for some fresh air instead.

The two drive into town, and already, Moon-young is returning to her normal self. For instance, Kang-tae asks where she wants to go, she says, “Motel”; he asks what she wants to eat, she says, “You.” He gives her a look that says Don’t make me turn this car around, so she agrees to behave.

They go out for some barbeque, and Moon-young mentions that no matter how much she eats she’s always hungry — probably because she’s an empty can. Kang-tae looks up at her, feeling guilty, and apologizes for calling her that. He jokes that she’s more of a thug (“kkangpae”) than an empty can (“kkangtong”).

She asks why he’s not eating, and he says he isn’t hungry. Curious, she then asks if he’s slept with anyone, and the poor guy does a spit take. She elaborates that he’s pretty apathetic, never going after his desires. But to him, he’s just suppressing; not everyone can go after what they want like she does.

With a smile, she plays with the thought of pulling out his safety pin, of seeing what would happen if he didn’t suppress himself.

Meanwhile, at the pizza place, Jae-soo is still in angry wifey mode. He’s complaining to Sang-tae that he dealt with so many chicken shops for Kang-tae’s sake, only for Kang-tae to leave him for some crazy woman.

Seung-jae comes in and interrupts, wanting to go over some work details with Sang-tae. But Sang-tae is too busy sketching to pay her any attention. When he gets up to leave, Seung-jae and Jae-soo see that the drawing is of a dog chasing a chicken. Hee.

Later, when night falls, Kang-tae and Moon-young take a stroll outside. Moon-young doesn’t like walking, though, and tells Kang-tae to carry her, making him blush. He whips out his phone, and she snatches it from him, wanting him to focus on her.

Kang-tae grabs for the phone, pulling Moon-young closer than he intended. She looks into his eyes and asks, “Are you holding me in your arms right now?” He jumps away from her, and this is, of course, right when Joo-ri calls his phone. Moon-young answers the call, and Joo-ri, surprised, says she wanted to check on Kang-tae since he didn’t show for work. Moon-young cheerfully states that Kang-tae wanted to be with her and then hangs up.

Moon-young beams at Kang-tae, delighted to learn that he skipped work to go on a date with her. But he tells her that this wasn’t a date. He reminds her that she’s said “Get lost” to him a number of times, including last night. But last night, he could tell she didn’t really want him to go. And, for once, he wanted to stay with her instead of run away — that’s all today was. Mhm…

After Joo-ri’s call with Moon-young, she heads straight to a convenience store to drink her sorrows away. Soon, when she’s pretty dang drunk, she crosses paths with Sang-in again. He’s shocked to see her, even more so to hear her slur about her unrequited love. (Pft, she says, “Why can’t it be me? I can be a bitch too.”)

Sang-in introduces himself, and Joo-ri recognizes him as Moon-young’s publisher. She proceeds to slap him, saying he should’ve stopped Moon-young from coming here. Sang-in then recognizes her from her voice, as the nurse who kept calling about Moon-young’s father.

On the drive home, Moon-young reveals to Kang-tae that her mother always appears in her nightmares and that she always feels terrible when she wakes up. But today, she says, she feels okay. He sees her tracing a smiley face on the window and smiles himself.

The next day, Director Oh calls Kang-tae into his office and asks if Moon-young is seeing anyone. Kang-tae doesn’t understand why he’s coming to him for this, and Director Oh flat-out says, “Because you live together.” Apparently, Director Oh caught the couple coming into work together the other day.

Director Oh also asks about the Eun-ja incident, and Kang-tae explains that Moon-young nearly mistook Eun-ja for her mother. Director Oh finds this interesting, as Moon-young’s actual mother went missing after writing her last book, only to be declared dead five years later. Though some believed she never died.

If Moon-young mistook someone for her mom, Director Oh guesses that Moon-young must miss her a lot. “What if she doesn’t miss her?” Kang-tae throws out. “What if she fears her?”

Later, Director Oh looks through his notes from Go Dae-hwan’s sessions. In one session, when asked about his wife, Dae-hwan described her as beautiful and as loving Moon-young “too much.” She used to sing Moon-young the song “Oh My Darling, Clementine.” Uhh… that’s the song the hospital’s ghost hums…

Kang-tae and some other staff check in on Eun-ja in the isolation room, having realized she’s ready to confront her past. She clutches her shawl and dives into her story:

Eun-ja’s daughter gave her the shawl for her birthday. But Eun-ja freaked out after seeing the astronomical price and ordered her daughter to take it back. They fought, with Eun-ja’s last words being “I don’t need an immature daughter like you!” And to her horror, her daughter ran off into the street and got hit by a car.

Eun-ja has tears streaming down her face as she concludes that she never would’ve said such harsh words if she knew her daughter was going to die. Hearing this, Kang-tae remembers the time his mom had been drunk and told him she gave birth to him so he could care for his brother.

After work, Kang-tae stops by his apartment building to have drinks with Jae-soo on the roof. And Kang-tae looks so down that Jae-soo abandons any anger he felt for him earlier.

Kang-tae lies on his back, looking up at the night sky, and asks, “Do you think my mom is sorry for the way she treated me? Do you think she regrets it?” Jae-soo asks if that would make him feel better. Kang-tae’s face crumples into tears, and he nods only to shake his head. Oh, sweetie.

Jae-soo gets up and yells at the sky, at Kang-tae’s mom, for treating him so badly, and Kang-tae laughs through his tears. Joo-ri’s mom comes up and joins them, and having heard Jae-soo, she asks Kang-tae to understand his mom. After all, she says, it couldn’t have been easy raising two boys, one of them autistic, alone.

Still, Kang-tae can’t stop crying as Joo-ri’s mom grabs a beer and makes a toast to the sky. Mom eventually heads back down to see Joo-ri, who’s still hungover from yesterday. Mom chides Joo-ri for coming home with some guy, and Joo-ri suddenly recalls slapping Sang-in and then Sang-in piggybacking her home.

Kang-tae gets home late and finds Moon-young waiting for him at the bottom of the staircase. Seeing that he’s drunk, she suggests they continue with their own drinking party. She starts joking that she might come on to him, and he surprises her by flicking her forehead. Heh, drunk Kang-tae is so silly.

He tells her to close her eyes, and assuming he’s trying to kiss her, she closes her eyes and puckers her lips. He then surprises her with a hand-made doll — a nightmare catcher he calls “Mang-tae.”

She thinks the doll is a little janky at first but melts when he explains that he made it for Sang-tae years ago. He reveals that Sang-tae’s been having nightmares ever since their mother passed away and that this was the only thing he could do to make it better. He wishes her a good night’s sleep and leaves for his room.

Kang-tae climbs into bed with Sang-tae, and he happily suggests they visit the jjambbong restaurant Sang-tae likes so much. Sang-tae says that Kang-tae is the one who likes that place, which is why their mom always took them there. Oh no, we’re about to enter a heartbreaking flashback, aren’t we?

Yup, we are. We see that Mom had gotten jjambbong for her boys without eating anything herself. And though Kang-tae was touched, he was immediately jealous because Mom started tending to Sang-tae.

Afterwards, the family left in the rain, Kang-tae again jealous that Mom was keeping Sang-tae under the umbrella. He hung back, letting himself get drenched, but then Mom turned and urged him to join them. He finally smiled and ran over to squeeze in between his mom and brother.

Then, we see a flashback to something Kang-tae doesn’t remember. The night Kang-tae held onto his mom, wanting to feel her warmth, he’d fallen asleep just as she turned to look at him. She smiled and hugged him, quietly saying, “My adorable son. Mom is so sorry.”

Kang-tae is overcome with emotion, crying into Sang-tae’s shoulder. He clutches onto him, saying, “I miss Mom.” But Sang-tae mishears him, being too tired, and murmurs that he wants jjambbong too. Meanwhile, in her room, Moon-young goes to sleep with Mang-tae in her hands and a smile on her face.

The next day, at OK, Moon-young sees the notice for the cancellation of her classes and storms inside to find Director Oh. A caregiver sees this and hurries to inform the others, Kang-tae included.

Outside in the garden, Director Oh is chatting with Eun-ja and urging her to take her recovery one step at a time. Director Oh sees Moon-young coming toward them, however, and totally books it outta there. Kang-tae reaches the garden just Moon-young and Eun-ja face each other…and Eun-ja apologizes.

Still, Moon-young would rather be compensated for her getting fired. She takes Eun-ja’s shawl and decides that that can be her compensation. Kang-tae starts to interject, but Eun-ja tells her to go ahead and keep it, that she’s had it “long enough.”

With that, Moon-young wraps the shawl around herself, thanks Eun-ja, and struts off. Eun-ja watches her, telling Kang-tae that her burden is finally gone.

Kang-tae heads back inside and finds Moon-young looking at Sang-tae’s mural. He mentions that Sang-tae has been interested in one of her books lately, and she reveals that she already knows — The Cheerful Dog.

We flash back to before, when Sang-tae read the book to Kang-tae on the bus.

“Once upon a time, there lived a dog that was very good at hiding his emotions. The dog was tied beneath a shady tree. He always wagged his tail and acted cute. So he got the name The Cheerful Dog because he was as cheerful as springtime… But every night, he’d whine when no one was around. Honestly, he wanted to cut off the leash and freely run around in the spring field. But he couldn’t, and that’s why he cried every night… One day, a voice inside him asked, ‘Why don’t you just cut off the leash and run away?’ And The Cheerful Dog said, ‘I’ve been tied up for way too long. So I forgot how to cut myself free.’”

Kang-tae reiterates that last line, smiling at Moon-young. He pats her on the head and tells her she did well; she helped Eun-ja cut herself free. Moon-young just looks at him and smiles back.

As Moon-young is leaving the hospital grounds, she sees her father and tries to walk past silently. But he stops her by speaking up: “You will end up like your mother. You won’t be able to escape.”

“No,” Moon-young firmly says. “I’m different.” With that, she walks past and goes back to her mansion. There, she picks up her scissors again, determined, and starts chopping off locks of her hair.

When Kang-tae comes home, Moon-young greets him with her new haircut. She beams and says that she cut off her leash… and then they burst out laughing, at the horrible state she left her hair in. Augh, this is so precious.

At OK, Go Dae-hwan hears the humming of “Oh My Darling, Clementine,” and he stumbles out of his room while screaming and covering his ears. We see the ghost — what is this? — roaming the dark halls.

Kang-tae tidies up Moon-young’s hair, and when she finally gets a look in the mirror, it’s like a weight is lifted off her shoulders. She turns to Kang-tae and asks how she looks, and he responds with, “Pretty.” She smiles at him, brighter than ever before, with tears in her eyes.

 
COMMENTS

YES. YES, YES, YES. This is the content I’ve been asking for, the content of my dreams. There are little things that bother me (like Director Oh leaving Eun-ja to Moon-young’s wrath), but wow. I mean, the things the drama gets right, it gets it really right. I think the theme with The Cheerful Dog proves that. It brought out such a bittersweet moment between the brothers on the bus, and then it came back in the end to turn that bittersweetness into utter perfection. What this writer is doing with Moon-young’s stories, and the other fairy tales, is working so, so well.

Sadly, I don’t think Moon-young has permanently cut off her leash. I think cutting her hair is monumental, a huge step in her own personal healing, but I’m sure there will be many more steps she’ll have to take. With this latest flashback we’ve been given, of her mom warning her to never cut her hair, we’re seeing who the true monster is. The ghost we’ve been seeing in the hospital is creepy, but the mom in flashbacks is downright terrifying. Mom viewed Moon-young as her creation, as an object she could manipulate and edit however she wanted, just like her books. And, yes, that’s exactly how Moon-young treats people. Moon-young might’ve been born with a disorder, but ultimately, it was her mom that molded her into the person she is today. I agree with Moon-young, though, when she says that she’s different. There is good in her, and the mere fact that she wants to be different speaks volumes.

Moon-young isn’t the only one needing to get rid of her burden. Kang-tae is sure to deny it, but he’s tied by a leash as well: Sang-tae. I love the brothers (so much it hurts), but they’ve been tying each other down for years. And it’s not that they need to cut each other out of their lives; they need to cut their reliance on each other. It’s especially dangerous for Kang-tae, because he’s pretty much turning into his mother. Did anyone else notice that he did exactly what his mom used to do, giving the loved one the food instead of himself? It’s a sweet gesture but yet another sign that he’s failing to take care of himself. Once he sees the resemblance, maybe he’ll begin to understand why his mom was the way she was. Such a shame that he won’t be able to get any closure with her in person. That’s the thought that truly gutted me when he cried that he missed her. I don’t know if I can handle the truth of her murder, if that’s ever revealed.

As for this ghost business… I still don’t know what to think. The drama keeps hinting that Moon-young’s mother is actually alive, and I just don’t know how that’s possible. If that is what’s going on, then holy freaking shit. I don’t want Mom anywhere near Moon-young or Kang-tae or anyone else in this drama. My babies are finally showing signs of happiness! Speaking of which, how cute were they this episode? I don’t like that Kang-tae has to get drunk to be vulnerable, but he is showing more vulnerability when sober too. He and Moon-young seem comfortable around each other now, and it’s been such a natural trajectory. I don’t even think about the romance, necessarily, even though Moon-young constantly brings it up. I think of them as two broken people who are slowly feeling whole for the first time.

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What an episode! Loved the scene on the stairs and wasn't Kang tae drunk super cute! Moon young cutting her hair was just perfect! So happy with this episode!

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Drunk texting Moon-yeong back WATE, WIAT, WAIT 🤣.

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@kiara too funny😄🤭

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Him telling it was better she didn't drink because she never do things in moderation and if the two of them end up getting drunk it would be bad.

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The drama would be rated more than a 15 and I'm not sure we can all handle it hahahaha

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And I think it was the first time he's been that open about acknowledging the attraction between them, if I'm not wrong?

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No, you're not.

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I have mixed feelings about this episode. I think am going to watch episode 8 first before forming an opinion about what happened here.

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This drama somehow manages to break my heart and mend it again every episode. It's so beautiful.

The scene when Moon Young cut her hair was so touching. I think this is the first time she sincerely smiled and it was heartbreakingly radiant.

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Yes!! So many emotions in a single episode.

That last smile Of hers spoke volumes. After years of trying to unleash herself she finally feels like she did it. And to have someone like Kang Tae to be with her means so much to her. All she wants are simple gestures of love, care and a family. It’s so sad that she was denied everything growing up by her own mother.

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Wow. This episode, wow. Is it okay to say an episode is perfect? Coz this felt perfect!

The Cheerful Dog. All the stories today revolved around this book. Gang-tae realizing his mom loved him as opposed to his more vivid memories of feeling useless because of Mom, the lady remembering what happened to her daughter and letting go of her shawl, Jae-su opening up, Joo-ri letting herself go loose, and Moon-young cutting her hair. It's so beautiful. I shed so much tears.

Also, just want to point out some stuff in regards to translations. The subs were not wrong. Just thought typing the literal meaning here would add to the beauty of Psycho's writing. When the lady gave Moon-young her shawl, on Netflix, the subtitles were "The burden is finally gone" but literally, she said "My shoulders are light now." She's worn that shawl for so long, always on her shoulders. Now that it's gone, she feels much lighter. I just like how the literal trans is more visual.

Sang-tae is pretty cheeky. The way he cuts his sentences before completing them is so hilarious! On the bus, Gang-tae was nagging him about his many jobs and on Netflix, Sang-tae says "Like a dog" which he follows up with you make dog-like noises in your sleep. He said 개소리 which can mean nonsense or bs so it seemed like he's calling his brother's nagging bs. Lol. Then when Jae-su was listing all the chicken parts he's fried, Sang-tae says Chicken head (sounds like he's calling Jae-su dumb) but he follows it up with "Chicken head, you can't fry it." I swear, he's doing this on purpose!! 😂

As for Mang-tae the Doll, I find it interesting that he named it Mang-tae. Mangtae Haraboji is what they call a being who eats up naughty kids. Lol. I wonder if their names (Gang-tae and Sang-tae) were arranged that way so they can name the doll Mang-tae. Hahahahahh

Ahhh there's so much to say!! GT and MY in the car. She drew a smiley face and Gang-tae smiled. Them at the staircase beung cute and sweet. GT laughing when he saw she cut her hair clumsily. Ahhh then there are the KIM SOOHYUN HOW CAN YOU CRY SO WELL IT'S BREAKING MY HEART moments. ㅠㅠ

Lastly, it really seems like that elegant looking lady who always reads books is MY's mom!!

Acting, writing, directing prowess all over this episode!!! Can't wait for the next one!!

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Wow, thanks for those info! They make things more interesting (if that's even possible haha). "My shoulders are light now" sure has a different effect, and I think I like it more =)

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Now it feels even more heartbreaking.

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Wow, I didn't know that about the Netflix translations! Those little nuances that I unfortunately won't understand bc I don't speak Korean D:

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It's sad that a lot of them gets lost in translations. Even the jokes (mostly puns) get localized and loses a lot of it's wit. Sang-tae does this a lot too, playing with words.

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Some of the Korean folktales got lost in translation too 😞.

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I know this one. "No jam" a.k.a boring during his class of making jam 🤣

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This one had me laughing so hard and my mom's like what?

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Can you explain what this means?

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@guest-gj Gang-tae asked Sang-tae how was the jam making lesson and he said it was boring. He said "nojaem" literally boring. 재미있다 jaemi itda - fun/interesting. They spell jam (the one you put on bread) as 잼. Basically it was a pun coz he's doing a jam making class but there's no jam (not fun) lol

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Oh yes. I get sad sometimes when my dad watches this and doesn't react to the puns and literal translations like I did because he doesn't understand Korean.

Of course, the subtitles are wonderful in that they introduce this beautiful piece to a wider audience, but its still sad that some subtleties get lost in translation.

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Right? I explain it when I catch it but the joke's already over so it's not as funny anymore.

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Sang-tae oppa <3. Thanks @earthna!

I have a picture of the actress who is supposed to be Moon-young's mom (Do Hee-jae) on my wall. Her name is Woo Jung-won.
That elegant lady is Park Ok-ran played by Kang Ji-eun. She is probably an obsessive fangirl of Moon-young's mother.
So far we haven't seen Do Hee-jae yet.

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I agree with you. Show is trying to make us believe she can be MY's mum but I'm having this Martin Guerre / Sommerville vibe that she may know very well all the secrets about her and may even impersonate her, but she's not her.

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Like "Oh my darling Clementine."
I think she is the one humming it at night in the hallway.
They fooled me once with Eun-ja so I've learnt my lesson lol.

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Ooh, I'm actually thinking that the lady with bangs is the one humming because she's the one who kept on saying that there's a ghost. But if that lady with a robe really knows much about them, then it could be her.

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The mother seems to have a way into people’s head. I won’t be surprised if one of the patients have interacted with her and ended up here.
Seems like she was missing a few years before being declared dead?? What did she do and who did she meet. Somebody here knows the answers. I hope.

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Do Hee-jae is mom from 20 years ago though. She could have gotten plastic surgery when she 'disappeared'. Ok-ran is really suspicious but the show might not go that way since it's the obvious choice.

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I thought about it, but isn't the skin complexion is too different?

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To me it looked from the pieces we've seen that Mom was killed (by dad most possibly) in the basement and after tossed in the lake and Dad just waited for the Police to declare her dead after the time needed to do so...That's why Dad and MY are sure when they state she is dead because they saw it(esp. MY both in basement and lake),but guess it is also with a grain of salt as it could be a unreliable memory we're shown

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I rewatched :) and the robe that the "ghost" wore at the end of the episode doesn't have any flowers so I don't think it's Ok-ran. I know I theorized that may be she's MY's mom good friend or sister or something. Now, I'm not sure. I'm leaning towards MY's mom still alive and hiding out in the hospital. I might go with the throw the spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. haha

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Thanks so much for sharing your comments about the details in the translations, much appreciated, specially those regarding ST. I've always had the feelings I'm missing so much of him because of the translation and it seems I'm right.

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@earthna Thanks for sharing regarding the translation. Also, I thought this episode was perfect. Loved all the characters' growth and interactions.

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Thank you for this. It adds so much.

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Thank you @sailorjumun for the awesome recap and thank you @earthna for the literal translations. I knew I was missing stuff, but despite that, this is still a wonderful series.

One of my takeaways from this episode (and I think from ep 2) is that we need to be patient to see the entire story (or memory) unfold. Like most things, we see things from one (mostly our own) perspective. Early on, we only saw that KT was left behind in the rain. This episode, it was revealed that ST and Mom waved and waited for him to join. The point that I'm trying to make (badly) is that it took a current event for KT to remember the rest of the story. Similarly, in KT's mind, they went to have jjambbong because ST liked it, but the reality is that it was for KT.

I'll add more comments on ep 8 when the recap comes out so I don't spoil it (even though we all know that all of us already watched ep 8 :) )

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And the thing is, we were fooled the same way because we only have his memory to base things on so when he thought of his Mom while reading Zombie Kid, we felt his pain and resented mom too. In this episode, we cried too in realization like Gang-tae. Kim Soohyun is so good. I'm so invested. ;A;

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It's no wonder this moments and image remained with him and impacted him way more since it was such a paintful scar for him that the little details or affection that he recieved faded or vanished...While i could feel bad for Mom and her burden i still don't like her words or how he treated KT as a child,hence shaping him and causing so much pain present even now...

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kim soo hyun's acting was just unbelievable in that scene. i don't know how he does it, but the way his pupils wandered in despair for a couple of seconds when the rest of the rain memory hit him and the way the crease on his forehead deepened in disbelief was just heartbreaking. i'm so grateful we got a no frills, close-up shot of his face. i can't think of anything else that could have been this impactful.

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"My shoulders are light now." Well, that sounds lovely and very fitting with the use of the shawl. Thank you for sharing this detail and Sang Tae's play-on-words! They make the drama even better. His puns are so funny and witty.

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Thanks for translations! I wonder who does the Netflix translations i.e are the contracted out or is it someone from the production company,

I always laugh at the some of subtitles in the Hindi and Spanish shows because they are so off!

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Oh, really? I thought it was just the kdramas. They're repeat offenders then!!

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Haha! It works the other way too for some Indian regional movies that are dubbed from say...Malayalam to Hindi. Some things make no sense.

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Spanish subs are not always done from the original language, but from English (not only in Netflix) because it's not always easy to have a direct translator from that language, so sometimes it's confusing. For instance, in American Spanish there are more expressions that are literally translated from English than in Spanish from Spain, that's why many times you have both options: American Spanish and European Spanish.
You get to understand it, of course, but many times it is weird.

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“One day, a voice inside him asked, ‘Why don’t you just cut off the leash and run away?’ And The Cheerful Dog said, ‘I’ve been tied up for way too long. So I forgot how to cut myself free.’”

-I had to pause, think and reflect...
😭😭😭

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there are so many deep themes! i love how this show isn't afraid to tackle these types of problems and make us viewers reflect on our own lives.

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This one hit the most home for me. It's much harder to accept when you're the one holding yourself back, unable to find your own way out anymore.

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That is so true 🥺

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So many relationships are like this. You want to be free but freedom represents something scary.....

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The scenes where Kang Tae finally realized that his mother did indeed love him broke him and me. I loved that the show slowly showed us that his mother was more than just a caregiver for his brother, but also loved Kang Tae but struggled with showing it. The words that she said will give him scars forever, but slowly they are scabbing and he is healing. There is a lot more left to go though!

And side note: I love Juri and the CEO. I’d love for them to be accepting of each other - Juri to be free to show more of her dark side (since she’s already exposed herself) and the CEO hopefully has more character development as well.

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"Bitter memories stay in the heart longer" or something like that. I'm not sure who said it in earlier episodes but it's so true.
Daughters and sons are sinners too.  

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MoonYoung said it, it's in her book The boy who fed with nightmares.

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Thank you :).

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I knooow, those scenes were so good. I think Mom still wasn't a great mom to Kang Tae though and I wasn't a fan of Ju Ri's mom trying to get him to empathise either, because what KT's mom said to her 8 (? maybe 10) year old son, about him being born for Sang Tae is deeply hurtful and traumatic. But it's good for KT to be able to let go of that pain as well, to see that his mother was very flawed, but did love him.

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I still don't like Mom at all and for sure i wasn't a fan of Juri's Mom kinda forcing him to accept her words...The harm Mom did to her son was huge and its indeed amazing KT was able to let go of that burden and resentment,guess more for himself.Makes me question if i could do the same...

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I think Juri's mum was just trying to give a different perspective to the boys. As a fellow mum, she understands how difficult it must be as a single parent raising two boys, especially with one on the spectrum. KT mum was certainly not perfect, just like any other human being. It's easier to forgive when you have the empathy from understanding the perspective from the other side.

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How does this show keep getting better? Wow. And 100% about this being more than a simple romance and it being about two broken souls slowly healing

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I like how this drama is showing us how our experiences may break us in an instant, or make us ill very slowly. In the same way, healing may be brought suddenly by a single event/realization, or it may be the sum of many small steps. I’m glad that our characters are making progress, in their own pace. Seeing them smile and feel a bit more free is heartwarming.

It’s also interesting that this episode has four moms who have affected their children in different ways. And as is usually the case with good mom stories, this episode made me cry... Not understanding our moms when we’re younger, and having inaccurate childhood memories are normal, but as pointed out above, Kang-tae not having closure with mom makes it heartbreaking. But once again, it was his hyeong Sang-tae who reminded him that he is loved.

We also got the backstory of Jae-soo and Kang-tae's friendship and while I was half-expecting that it's too dramatic (like Kang-tae saving Jae-soo, as we usually get in dramas hehe), I'm glad that it isn't, like most real-life friendship stories =D

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I liked the way we were told about how JS and KT + ST friendship began. I was kind of expecting a heartbreaking story of another lonely orphan and I was happy to hear it.

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hearing he's the son of a chicken farm owner made me irrationally happy. at least one of our characters may have had a normal, non-traumatizing childhood!

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"four moms who affected their children in different ways." wow @uzistar I'm reflecting on that. it's always our early experiences which shape us. crazy how long it takes to come to terms with that eh?

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Thank you for a quick recap!
This drama continues to make us laugh and cry every week. I'm loving the messages and reminders we get through every episode. We sometimes forget that we have the ability to unleash ourselves of the emotional sufferings we hold onto.

Agreed, MY cutting off her leash is the first step, facing her traunas and overcoming them will be next.

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This episode is ❤. I like so many things. The resolution from what happened with Eun-ja, and resolution of her confrontation with MY. MY and KT dealing with their separate Mom issues. I also like that scene with Joo-ri's Mom, Jae su and KT in the rooftop.
KangTae returning home drunk and that scene in the stairs with MY. MY and her new protector Mang Tae. The Director running away from MY as he saw her approach fuming mad. Drunk Joori and drunk SangIn who looks very besotted with her. 😆

Now what got me confused is about MY's mom. Is she dead or just missing? If she is not dead, then I think she is one of the patients in the hospital.

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As far as I get, she has been missing, and after 5 years being missed, MY registered her death. This is a normal procedure, you can register someone dead when that person has been missing for a certain period of time (depends on the country).
We don't know if she's dead or not, no one does, and that's why MY was so confused when the patient told her she was her mum.

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All along I assumed that her mother was dead because of the blood during MY's nightmares/ flashbacks.

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@jillian I thought MY's mom was dead too.🤔

@eazal thanks for the clarification.
Insightful comments: one of the many reasons, why having DB and the beanie community is an asset to our k-drama watching experience.💜

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She may still be dead though, MY's father isn't all there and he may have killed her. Both MY and her father seem very very sure she is dead. MY is a slightly unreliable narrator when it comes to her mother but I believe the scene with the blood happened. Whether she died or not🤷🏿‍♀️

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@kafiyah-bello what if that scene with the blood was some other woman? idk just a thought...

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This is a wild theory based on earlier episode when Moon-young saved that little girl from her father.
She said to him,“ if you want to die then die alone.“

I wonder if MY dad was trying to do the same thing to her. Kill her and then commit suicide.

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@kakakash, that is a good theory. You may be right on that one I didn't think of that.

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Considering what we've learned on this episode about deceitful memories, it can be.

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There's definitely something about the lake, but I just can't figure out what right now.

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The amount of stares we get from these two could last an episode and honestly, I wouldn't mind watching that too.

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THE STAIRS SCENE IS MY FAVE. It was so simple and raw. Just the two of them. It was so cute and precious.🥺

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It was the most natural the two of them have ever been. Loveeeee it.

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I agree. Kang Tae let go of his inhibitions and just said whatever he wanted. He should let loose more often. Preferably without the aid of alcohol.

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I'm not sure if it's correct to call him "affectionate" but I love how KT held MY's hand when he gave her Mangtae. He also patted her hand when he said good night. He has had previous instances of holding her hand when he initially tried to prevent her from engaging with Eunja and the book critic. And there's the butterfly hug. Not sure if I'm reading too much into these but KT is "touchy" when it comes to MY.

I love how KT is open and upfront towards MY. It's like he can tell her anything. With ST oppa, it feels as if he is walking on egg shells. The only times that KT was honest with ST opps was when he was hugging him from behind. With Jaesu, while they are close, it is as if KT does not want to tell him the complete story.

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Yes. I also dont know but probably it could mean that theyll be each other's support system? HUHU i mean the ending scene of ep6 showed how they're holding hands🥺

Because theres no prejudice with MY, he can be as honest as possible. MY also just listens when he talks. No advice or whatever. I love their dynamics.

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Its possible that KT is just coming out of his shell more, "unsuppressing" himself and slowly learning more about what he wants. Affectionate would be a right term but a more cautious one.

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It was my favorite, too. I loved three things:
1 - KT's giggle/playfulness - he was loose and secure with being vulnerable and more real with MY (and she looked fascinated by that)
2 - the way MY said she wanted to pull his safety pin. Before when she's said that, she's come on to him strongly and suggestively (because, why do things by half when you're Ko Moon-young?), but this time the way she said it was different - it felt affectionate but also curious. What else is deep inside your head and your heart to share? In this moment she was his safety pin. She was holding space for him to let him put down his walls a bit, and she didn't take advantage of that.
3 - The way he touches her hand, especially when he doesn't have to. :-)

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Things I liked on this episode:
- The way KT and MY are bonding and becoming friends, how their relation changes from "I want you because you're pretty" to sharing feelings, fears and sincere smiles.
- Interactions between Sang In and JooRi. It clearly shows me that SangIn only cares for MY as a friend(a very good friend, indeed) but has no romantic feelings for her. Wise guy.
- The moment KT realizes his memories were biased. Oh, it was a terrible scene to watch, when he actually recalls his mum loving and caring for him and he utters "I miss mum". Such a powerful scene.
- MY cutting her lash, leaving her boundaries aside and cutting her hair. Her bright big smile when she asks how she looks. Pretty, my dear, you always look pretty.

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The hair cutting has so many meanings but the one I like is seeing her rebel against her mother’s obsession of her and keeping her hair long.

Moon-young belongs to Moon-young.

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I agree. And her smile when he told her she was pretty and she saw her self was the first sincere smile.

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How I watch this drama.

The first episode comes out on netflix. I look at it and wait.
The second episode comes out. Again, I look at it, and wait.
Check Dramabeans multiple times on Monday because the recap for the earlier episode might be up.
Read the conclusion and comments. Assuage some of the cravings that way.
Tuesday, I watch an episode. Come back, read the recap and catch up on new comments. See if the recap for the next episode is up and if so, conclusion and comments.
Wednesday I watch the next episode. And the recap.

Thursday, Friday is usually dedicated to rewatching the episodes for the missed nuances

Saturday - spend waiting. Knowing the episode will be coming out at midnight and Ill have to somehow force myself not to watch otherwise the weeklong waiting period is painful.

I think I have a problem.

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Me TOO!!! Wednesday and Thursday are the hardest days.. I havent been this excited since World of the Married..LOL

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You're not alone!!

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LOL i watch the episode as soon as it comes out on netflix, but other than that the refreshing dramabeans for the recap and rewatching episodes throughout the week to wait for saturday and sunday is the same...

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I dont think you have a problem. You have a STRATEGY!

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Me getting up at 5:30 in the morning on Saturday and Sunday and then wondering what to do with the days until next week. I'll start rewatching too.

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I’m sorry but Dramabeans takes way too long to post recaps, I go to kdrama subreddit and my dramalist for my discussion fix after I’ve processed episodes. I still enjoy the discussions on here of course.

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Defly not alone!! I watch right after Netflix uploads them then rewatch, then read reactions on twitter. Then rewatch the next day. Then read dramabeans. Then rewatch. It's routine now.

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Good to know I'm not alone with my routine. :)

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The slo-mo on the stairs was priceless. So well acted- Sang-in's expressions throughout and his reactions to KT just got funnier and funnier. Even the sign falling off the car ended it beautifully. A great moment of silliness to pace out the drama.

And MY's reaction to Moon-tae - how she almost welled up when she learned it was a KT creation and it became her prize. Her feelings run deep...

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And her husky voice 🥰🥰🥰

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Her voice! I like the contrast of her physique and her voice. She looks dainty, but her voice is strong.

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Her voice reminds me of Demi Moore's voice.

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Kang tae does so with his resue the princess maneuver... I don't blame Sang in for being flustered.... Like his whole weight was on KT fore arm... How strong is he???

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The hair cutting scene, my god. So beautiful and gentle (despite the chilly dad/ghost scenes that were intermingling with it) for both of our leads. Moon Young is healing so vividly from her childhood trauma and Kang Tae seems to be dazzled by it - while simultaneously addressing his own issues. It’s so mesmerizing to watch. AKMU Suhyun’s GORGEOUS soundtrack in the background only amplified the scene’s beauty and it’s out now, so please check it out!

It should be obvious at this point, but the assimilation of Moon Young’s books into the story is pure genius at this point. Not only are they brilliantly written (serious props to whoever wrote them for real) but they offer insight into our characters that wouldn’t be obvious at first glance. So, so, so, sooooo good.

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I read that they will be on sale in Korea. The illustration of the dog was familiar. It's the dirty dog??

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The first two books will be released on the 17th! Not sure about the Dog one though.

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Will try to check it out. I've seen it before.

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The moment Kang-Tae realised that he had remembered his mothers affection to him all wrong got me crying so bad, a lot of things happened this episode and although I’m loving the progression of KMY as she cuts her ties with her mother I’m really excited to see Kang-Tae let loose and stop suppressing himself

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It was amazing. I love how this show is about a writer and her fairy tales, but it's slowly showing us that we all have a narrative - and sometimes we edit or re-write it, too. The stories of our lives are powerful alchemy.

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May I just comment on how certain scenes just felt soo right and real! Like the scene where Kang-tae thinks Moon-young is a thug and laugh-smiles at that declaration. Also the scene where they laugh seeing her hair cut disaster. The smiles felt too real to me. Gosh! I am already feeling afraid that this is only a 16 episode drama with few more left.

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The "thug" bit made so much more sense too (and still appropriate) per @sailorjumun's explanation on the play with words. Clearly, I don't speak Korean. :)

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Haha he was a such a dork in that moment where he called her a thug. It was adorable!

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Memories can be deceitful. That's one of the lessons we've learned in this episode. KT memories were biased because as a boy he kept thinking he was second to his mum, but then it just took ST to tell him about the restaurant and he fully remembered his mum's warmth to him. It was a beautiful and yet very hard scene to watch.

Before this moment, we had JooRi's mum telling KT and JS that mums always loved their kids and always did things for a reason. I was really mad at her, because KT's pain was real and she was ignoring him. But it turned out she was right, so I felt really bad for not liking her in this scene. I was biased myself, believing only what I wanted to believe.

And this leads me to MY's memories. If KT's are biased, maybe MY's are also. She was so tense when her mum was brushing her hair, she was really in pain, you could feel it, so I really believe there was some kind of abuse to her, but... memories are not always true, just saying that.

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Of course! It was really scary, as the fact that she told KT to go away when they met again the day she saved him, because mum told her something (probably "I will kill him"), and MY is genuinely scared about her mum, but even so... memories can be tricky.

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Well, are we sure that her mom yanked on her hair though, since we're speculating that memories can be biased? I'm definitely intrigued and vested.

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I would prefer if MY's mum is an evil character throughout (ridden with mental health conditions most probably) instead of a redemption arc for the mum where MY mistook her intentions/any other reasons that justify her actions. We need something truly psycho in this show right!

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One more thing. @flyingcolours I bet you're theory about people fallin down the stairs is right. Once again in this episode: SangIn (again) and saved (again) by KT.
I have the feeling that it must be related to MY's disappearance and the (deceitful) memory she has of someone in the basement is because she fell down... on her own? someone pushed her? Is it even her mum?

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Yes! When I saw that scene, I first thought of @flyingcolours! Haha. There's definitely a reason why they keep repeating that.

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Thanks for the recap @sailorjumun!

"I'm curious to see what will happen if you don't suppress yourself."

I'm pretty sure everyone is feeling a heady mix of anticipation and dread for when this moment will finally come. The show is pretty good at putting us in the thick of it with them, because even though I know they arguably could have too problematic a relationship, I'm sitting here at the edge of my seat, waiting for their relationship to unfold in all its messy glory. I love how conflicted I am about this couple. Kang-tae seems just as confused as we are.

This episode was great for showing the positive sides to their deepening relationship. Go Moon-young's intense care for Kang-tae does extend towards concern over his behavior, even if it often relates to how he differs from her. I like that she wants to pull out his safety pin and get him to stop suppressing himself. Lol, obviously, she does have her ulterior motive for that, considering the growing attraction between them. Still, in this way, the show acknowledges her limits, while showing she has the capacity to provide positive support for him, by pushing his boundaries and setting off his burdens. The problem lies with the set of new ones she provides.

As some others mentioned last recap, I do like that Kang-tae goes into this relationship having acknowledged his problem with being needed. By recognizing the problem, he has the chance of "cutting himself free" just like the Cheerful Dog, he just needs help learning how. Sometimes recognizing the problem doesn't always lead to finding a solution though.

I do hope they circle back to address her problematic behaviors, especially as they show her progression towards a more healthy lifestyle. After all, her progress is so contingent on his presence in her life that it's paramount they address this. Even if I don't necessarily believe cutting him out completely is the answer, balance needs to be achieved for any lasting relationship between them.

Hahaha, if we're being real though, Director Oh displays the most natural reaction to Go Moon-young. The way he just booked it, I can't! Quite a spry one, that one.

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I agree with you about the inner doubts about this relationship.
I'm skipping them by telling me this is dramaland where even the best relations have some important issues, and that in real life my only advice to KT would be: run away.

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Ahhh, I forgot my fav scene! You know when the actors have just settled so naturally into their characters, that even as subtle changes occur, they just feel more and more real? That scene on the the stairwell was it for me. I just love Tipsy Kang-tae, all bossy, calling the shots, sensible (even when inebriated), but with an air of playful giddiness. And Moon-young's "I want it"'s now expanding beyond sharp, beautiful things, to include shabby things of Kang-tae's that are of high sentimental value to him.

I just loved everything about their dynamic here. They reminded me with this scene that, despite last week's more concerning resolutions, Kang-tae doesn't actually back down with Moon-young when he doesn't want to. She, rather, pushes him to assert himself. This is where the show will be interesting, because while there are still issues with Go Moon-young's neediness, Kang-tae genuinely seems to feel more happy than burdened by her when he's true to himself. He just acknowledges that he should feel burdened by her behavior and is disconcerted by his response. I, for one, hope he resists for as long as possible because the simmering tension between them is delicious.

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The staircase scene is my favourite too! Tipsy KT is such a hot puppy, and he still managed to hold up against MY's attempts to release the safety pin - that forehead rap! 😂
Their moments together always follow this pattern: first MY teases KT, MY manages to deactivate their chemistry (and that chemistry is real! *fans self), and they start having these incredibly honest talks that help them figure out stuff about themselves.
This episode, drama is starting to make clear how much they enjoy each other's company, and I'm loving it to bits!

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I know! Their growing affection for each other is so lovely to see. It's cute how much KT finds MY amusing when he's not so guarded.

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Director Oh booked it after giving Eun-ja that speech about how he hurt his leg and can't run, and her face! Hilarious.

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Whew, this drama keeps blowing me away. I hate how the hospital staff treats Moon Young, I mean no one ask her side of the story, but anywho. I feel like Moon Young helps people in a different way but its unintentional help, meaning its a misfire and misfires are very dangerous. I am loving seeing Kang Tae slowly change and come out of his shell. The umbrella scene was probably the most important scene because we see Kang Tae covering Sang Tae with Moon Young left in the cold. However, Moon Young yelled wait for me and while Kang Tae was covering Sang Tae with his umbrella, Moon Young covered Kang Tae with hers.😍.. Loved that!!

Another important scene was the flash back scene, memories are a funny thing and its based on perception. We can see that Momma Tae loved both of her boys but probably felt Sang Tae needed her more. Kang Tae's realization that the Mom took them to the restaurant to eat for him was surprising to him and when he started to cry.. Omg...😭.. so sad..
I love how appreciative Moon Young was of Mang Tae, a little raggedy doll because it was Kang Tae that made it. This was a slower paced episode but equally beautiful.

One last thing, I am really sick of Joo Ri slapping people, umm she needs to stop, oh and the lady who slapped Ju Ri is suspicious. Something about her...

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I also loved the umbrella scene.
I liked the parallelism with KT's childhood scene with mum.
Both MY and KT felt left behind, but as KT needed mum and hyung to tell him to join, MY just watched the brothers and decided to join them. That "wait!" got to my heart.

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Loved that scene too! And I think it illustrates the relationships in the drama: the umbrellas created a cute Venn-diagram with overlapping circumferences

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And KT is in the middle!! Awwwwwww.
Love this!!

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Good point on the misfires! I actually felt uncomfortable at how ppl are always praising her for helping the patients.

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Am with you on this one. At least they showed us in this episode that she is doing it unintentionally, but still... it makes me feel uncomfortable. I have said this several times already but the hospital is completely pointless, and problematic, normally I would laugh at those scenes but this week was impossible (more on episode 6 recap)

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I'm still wondering what the show has in mind about its portrayal of the hospital. Bec based on the scriptwriting, i don't think it's lack of research? Or maybe it's just my hopeful thinking because I refuse to believe they're purposely ignoring the role of the hospital and the staff just to forward the plot🥺

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I don't know, but in my country there's a difference in psychic wards. The closed are for acute problems where patients are in immediate need of medical care, whereas the open wards are to promote their recovery through therapy and good social interactions.

OK seems pretty ok to me, open ward wise, Dr Oh perhaps withstanding (I don't find him very professional but that's a bit judging of me considering I'm not a psychologist myself nor ever seen one personally).

I would be happy to hear your perspective on the role of the hospital, I lack the insight.

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That's why it bothers me, I just don't get what are they going with the hospital. They are basically comic relief at this point and that just makes me angry, maybe am being sensitive but that's my profession (am not a clinical psychologist though) and can't help it.

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Also to @lillamy, don't know why I cannot reply directly. Even if this hospital is an open ward, that doesn't justify how is being portrayed. We do not see any treatment, we have heard of patients being medicated but, besides MY's 'classes', we haven't seen any therapy whatsoever. Moreover the personnel is extremely incompetent and unprofessional, the director being the worst of the bunch. That hospital is anything but ok, trust me. That's not what being a mental health professional means, trust me, is a hard work that requires a lot of study, sacrifice and selflessness, also the ethical implications are huge. Please do not believe that hospital is realistic, is not. Sorry for the rant but it really affects me.

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@candilane everything in your comment resonates. the hospital staff are a bunch of judgmental jerks but i still love every one of them...except for Joo ri lolll.

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sooo reviving my account here to comment that this show is doing things to me lol.

loving every aspect of it! the fairytale stories with relatable themes tying into each episode, the music, the cinematography... everything's an A+! highlights of this episode for me were the meat date (hehe yes GT it definitely WAS a date), the scene where GT realizes how his mother tried her very best to be a good mom to both him and ST (could NOT stop my tears here), and the ending scene of course where gang tae cuts MY's hair and the SMILES! can't wait to read the recap for the next episode too!

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Love episode 7 so much. The best revelation on both sides (KT and mom, ST and KT on the bus, on the bed)... I cried a river by those scenes 😭. How we always remember our own part without knowing the whole picture.

The ugly doll Mangtae is so cute (I remember Mangtae Haraboji was mentioned by Jang Dong Min). And ST wittiness 🤣🤣🤣...he's truly clever on his own way.

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I didn't think that GT being drunk made him vulnerable but the opposite, he was more straightforward. We need him protecting himself like this more often.

For his mother, I don't think that he must feel guilty to have misunderstood his mother because if he felt like this, it's because she failed to make him feeling that he was loved like his brother, words are important too, not only action (My Unfamiliar Family knows a lot about this...)

I don't like how MY acts like she was owning KT, she hurts people like Joo-Ri and she could hurt ST. ST will need time to accept someone between him and his brother.

MY cutting her hair was really a big step for her. I'm happy for her, she deviates from her bad influence.

Joo-Ri slapping the editor was so funny. I really like her character. She's completely unfair with MY because of her jealousy and she must work on it, but otherwise I like her relationship with her mother.

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I'm totally amazed of how much I've changed about JooRi, from disliking and mistrusting her in the first episodes to openly loving her. Someone said somewhere (comments, wall) that even if we wanted to be MY we are all JR, and that's true.

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I've never found Juri menacing. A hypocrite who acts nice? Sure. But intentionally malicious? Not really.

Because I see most of us (well, maybe just me) in her: minorly spoilt brats who had the fortune of being allowed so because of our strong, emotionally well-adjusted parents who were able to accept our ridiculous shenanigans.

I mean, most of us think of ourselves first most of the time instead of our enemies and most of us are conditioned to be "nice" in public like her.

I kinda laugh at her antics, not gonna lie.

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I have lost count of how many people I know that are like her. She is the most 'normal' of bunch.

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Jo-ri's obviously an emotionally spoilt brat, but there's all there is to it. For me, she's a bit more irritating now since I find her level of maturity and self-awareness lower than I'd like.

But one of the points the show is trying to make is to show the spectrum of human behavior and she definitely fills her part (...but sometimes I glance a the ff-button in her scenes) .

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YES @kurama thank you. words, actions, and the way one makes another feel are soo important. while this episode revealed that Kang-tae's umma loved him, it doesn't negate the fact that her behaviour damaged him. i think Kang-tae needs more than a day to heal from that.

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The sexual tension in this episode is real. And can we watch *innocent face*?

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Also, what is with the stairs? First was MY, on heels. Now Sang In.

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Sang In twice: in his office and now.
The literary critic that menaced MY to say she has ASPD in the library where the signing of Zombie Kid was being held.
And MY in her house.
All of them "rescued" by KT.
And the fact that MY remembers her mum in the basement, her legs twisted and unconscious... like she fell down the stairs...
I bet is all related.

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I know it isn't meant like this and I really enjoy your recaps, but I hope it's okay for me to say this: some of the language used Sang-tae is upsetting. I realise this is to do with the way the show is handling it as well, but it's very important to state that autistic people are seen and treated as burdens and it's one of the reasons the average life expectancy of autistic people is half of the average population. Autistic children and adults are subjected to a high rate of abuse and violence, and even though this is a story, I think it's important to be mindful of the things that impact how autistic people are viewed and treated. I hope this makes sense? I just really enjoy your writing and thoughts, and this hurt a bit so I wanted to let you know in case you weren't aware. Thank you for listening. I hope this is okay.

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It really does, thanks for sharing.